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Catch the Fantastic Beasts with Eddie Redmayne

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away.

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Who wouldn’t love Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything,” “The Danish Girl”) as he portrays Magizoologist Newt Scamander who is on a mission to bring a fantastic beast back to its homeland. Right after Gellert Grindelwald wrought havoc in Europe, the wizarding community in 1926 New York are on alert for mysterious happenings, including an entity that has lately been leaving a path of destruction in the streets. Heightening the tension are the Second Salemers, No-Maj (American-speak for Muggles) fanatics who are campaigning against all wizarding folk.

Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the magical hidden dimensions of his leather case.  But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose in a city already on edge—a serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) jumps on, seeing her chance to regain her post as an investigator.  However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves (Colin Farrell), the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), casts his suspicions on both Newt and Tina.

Find out what happens in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. This is certainly a must watch movie from the director of the last four Harry Potter films!

Catch the movie in all Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide.

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Why Him? Movie Red-Band Trailer Available Now

How I wish this movie’s release had been scheduled before my wedding, but what the hey, I’m sure my fiance wouldn’t mind seeing Heisenberg in a family comedy like this.

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Check out 20th Century Fox’s second red-band trailer of “Why Him?” In this film, James Franco is the foulmouthed boyfriend fathers may have warned their daughters about. Bryan Cranston, meanwhile, is the overprotective father and Zoey Deutch is the college daughter.

Tension grows when Laird (Franco) eventually reveals to Ned that he’s about to pop the question to Stephanie (Deutch). Determined that he’s not good enough for his daughter, Ned goes on an all-out war with Laird to stop him from asking his daughter to marry him.

“Why Him?” is an original story by director John Hamburg along with Jonah Hill and Ian Helfer, produced by a team of guaranteed blockbuster filmmakers consisting of Shawn Levy, Ben Stiller and Dan Levine.

A hilarious kind of date movie for clashing in-laws, “Why Him?” opens February 1, 2017.

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Watch Zombie Kids in Movie Adaptation of The Girl with All the Gifts

If you’re looking forward to see gorgeous redhead Eddie Redmayne and his Fantastic Beasts tomorrow, you might also want to consider seeing the post-apocalyptic film, “The Girl with All the Gifts.” It’s based on M.R. Carey’s bestselling young adult novel that centers on a gifted zombie girl named Melanie. This horror drama stars Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Sennia Nenua and Paddy Considine.

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Gemma Arterton, known for her roles in “Clash of the Titans” and “Prince of Persia” stars as the optimistic teacher in a post-apocalyptic time in “She Who Brings Gifts” shares that the humanity of the story is what got her involved in the film, “I didn’t know it was a zombie film. I think I was just sent the script and a brief outline of what creative work had been done [so far], and that was it. So I just started reading it, and then the word ‘hungry’ came up, and I thought this is like a monster type thing. I guess they’re not like regular zombies. I could feel that it was a genre movie obviously, but it felt much more routed in reality. The scenes were very, very well written – there were heavy dialogue scenes, and not just loads of exposition and action. It felt like a proper, human story, and that’s what got me.”

The film’s director, Mike Carey enthuses on the merits of his latest film despite the previous zombie films in the past, “I think because of Melanie. I think the crucial difference is that this is a monster movie where the protagonist is the monster and we’re seeing things very much from the monster’s point of view. But she’s both a monster and an innocent, a little bit like in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, where the creature only becomes monstrous because he’s treated so badly by his creator. So it’s a film that tries to put you in the uncomfortable position of sympathising with the monster, the thing that is threatening humanity. There’s a sense that by the end of the movie there’s another candidate for that role, for the role of monster, apart from Melanie.”

Interested? Check out the trailer below:

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Catch Mulat (Awaken) in Theatres on November 2

From the director of the award-winning short “TheRapist” comes “Mulat“, a film that dissects love, its evolution and its effects in intimate relationships.

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Rated A by the Cinema Evaluation Board, the film depicts the life of Sam, who decides to break off her engagement and leave her tumultuous relationship behind after a
brief but life altering experience. Determined to focus on finding herself, her peace of mind and happiness, she eventually crosses paths with Jake, who turns out to be the man of her dreams. Everything seems perfect until she starts experiencing hallucinations and recurring nightmares that prompt her to question her own sanity.

The process of self-discovery leads Sam to realize how fear and the memories of the past are subconsciously preventing her from getting what she wants the most. Will she allow her doubts and uncertainty resulting from her failed relationship be a self-fulfilling prophecy? Her journey to restore her faith takes her to different realms of possibilities and ultimately leads her to uncover a shocking truth.

Watch the trailer below!

Running Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Released by: Solar Pictures

Solar Pictures is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @solarpictures

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Watch the latest Assassin’s Creed trailer

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The latest brand new trailer of “Assassin’s Creed” (starring Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender!!!) reveals a much more dangerous world as it puts the audience in the middle of an ancient war between two age old factions – the Assassins, who fight to protect free will among the populace, and the Templars, who aspire to impose a New World Order.

Throughout history, these two groups have been fighting for the fate of humanity. In the present, the Templars are close to realizing their dream of dominion by using ancient artifacts (created by an extremely evolved First Civilization) known collectively as Pieces of Eden. Among other things, these artifacts have the power to optimize the human mind.

Based on the highly-successful and popular Ubisoft video game series, “Assassin’s Creed” sees Fassbender plays dual roles as Callum Lynch, a Death Row convict spared execution by the Templars, as well as his 15th Century ancestor, Aguilar de Nehra, a Master Assassin who fought the Spanish Inquisition in his quest to keep a sacred artifact out of Templar hands. Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.


“Assassin’s Creed” also stars Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “La Vie en Rose”), Jeremy Irons (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”), Brendan Gleeson (“Harry Potter” movies) and is directed by Justin Kurzel (“Macbeth”).

“Assassin’s Creed” opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide on January 4, 2017 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Ignacio de Loyola Now in Theaters

IgnacioDeLoyola official posterFor a Php50M production, this is as close to a religious biopic as you can get!

Spanish actor Andreas Muñoz stars in “Ignacio de Loyola,” a full-length feature film about the saint and founder of the Society of Jesus.  It is an incisive and thrilling look at the life of the real man behind the legend, following his transformation from a brash, impulsive youth obsessed with women and sword-fighting; to the masterful, charismatic leader of an order that would change the face of Christendom.

In his lifelong quest to become the heroic Knight of his fantasies, Ignacio stares death in the face again and again, having his leg shattered by a cannonball in battle; driven to near suicide by his inner demons; finding himself imprisoned, accused of being an illuminati;  and finally finding his life in the hands of the Inquisition. Through it all, he would come to see the hand of God working in his life, shaping the self-obsessed sinner into the loyal and passionate soldier-saint.

The film also shows how Ignacio wove the trials, errors, and lessons of his eventful life into the fabric of his masterpiece, the Spiritual Exercises. Combining clarity of thought with Ignacio’s own love of fantasy and imagination, the Exercises form a rigorous method of making one’s life decisions, and have guided and influenced countless seekers throughout history.

MTRCB Rating: PG (Parental Guidance). Viewers below 13 years old must be accompanied by a parent or supervising adult)

Running Time: 2 hours and 4 minutes

Released by: Jesuit Communications Philippines thru Solar Pictures

Watch the trailer:

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Bruce Willis and Batista star in “Marauders”

Iconic action star Bruce Willis of “Die Hard” franchise and former World Heavyweight champion  Dave Bautista (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) star in the frenetic heist film “Marauders” about an untraceable group of elite bank robbers chased by a suicidal FBI Agent who uncovers a deeper purpose behind the robbery-homicides.

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FBI Special Agent Jonathan Montgomery (Christopher Meloni) is on the trail of an untraceable group of elite bank robbers who give the stolen loot to charity. As he delves further into the investigation, the lawman discovers a deeper purpose behind the robbery-homicides and a trail of secrets protected by the bank’s owner (Bruce Willis). Featured alongside Meloni and Willis in the high octane, smoldering thriller are Dave Bautista, Adrian Grenier, Johnathon Schaech, and Lydia Hull.

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In “Marauders,” Willis is once again in the midst of a heist where everybody is a suspect. His role as a bank manager, Jeffrey Hubert, has just guided an aging woman to the Hubert National exit when a shotgun chambers and he’s blown through the inside glass door. Four Kevlar clad bank robbers: Tornado, Hurricane, Thunder, and Squall, rush inside and rough up security and customers. Thunder draws a pistol on a teller and activates a creepy order from his smart watch: open the draw, do not hit the alarm or your manager will die. Tornado staunches the manager’s wound and drags him toward the safe; a key-code is entered revealing three million in cash. While Squall bags the cash, Hurricane places a high-tech device on the floor and a cold audio repeats with crystal clarity over restrained sobs that any attempt to leave or call police will activate the sleek explosive. The well-honed team makes their exit, discretely concealing weapons. Eyeballing a security camera, Squall drags the manager toward the entrance, raises his shotgun, and blows off the man’s head. Job finished.

Bruce Willis portrays Jeffrey Hubert, president and owner of Hubert National Bank, and the target of repeated heists. An air of entitlement and authority, he goes ballistic when the local newspaper smells a scandal beyond simple robbery. “There’s a lot of power struggle and I think the power of money and control is one of the major themes. Hubert is trying to take from the rest of us. And of course there’s tension between the FBI and the on the ground cops, the detectives trying to take control of this investigation and who gets to make the decisions,” Grenier reveals.

“Marauders” opens July 13 in cinemas from OctoArts Films International.

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Ma’ Rosa in Philippine theaters in July

After garnering acclaim at the recent Cannes film festival, Ma’Rosa has quickly gained the interest of Filipino movie-goers. But how many of us really would be interested in watching this film?

Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s latest offering, “Ma’ Rosa” tells of Rosa (Cannes best actress Jaclyn Jose), a convenient store owner living in the slums of Metropolitan Manila. Together with her husband, Nestor (Julio Diaz), Ma’ Rosa uses their convenient store to sell the illegal narcotic Methamphetamine. The husband-and-wife duo’s fate changes one Saturday night when one of their neighbors begs Ma’ Rosa to sell him a small pack of Methamphetamine. Unfortunately, it was a mere ploy, a part of a buy-bust operation which helped the corrupt police officers to arrest Rosa and Nestor without a warrant.

At the precinct, the policemen force Rosa to spill information about the source of the illegal narcotics in return for her and her husband’s freedom. though hesitant, she realizes that she has no choice but to cooperate with the policemen. Upon revealing the name of the source, Rosa and Nestor find themselves still locked up, with a 50,000 pesos bail.

Rosa decides to raise the money by seeking help from her children, who are willing to do just about anything for their parents’ freedom.

Catch Ma’ Rosa on the 6th of July!

Creative Consultant: Armando Lao
Screenwriter: Troy Espiritu
Director of Photography: Odyssey Flores
Musical Director: Maria Teresa Barrozo
Stars: Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Andi Eigenmann, Felix Roco, Jomari Angeles, Inna Tuason, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Baron Geisler, Mon Confiado, Neil Ryan Sese, Mark Dionisio, John Paul Duray, Vince Rillon, Mercedes Cabral, Allan Paule, Maria Isabel Lopez, Aaron Rivera, Ruby Ruiz, Kristoffer King, Timothy Mabalot, Luis Ruiz